Czech Culture & Adaptation

Observing Czech elections

April 23, 2010
Czech politics and voting

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Corruption, empty promises and negative billboards

The Czech Republic’s parliamentary elections are scheduled for the end of next month, but the political atmosphere in the Czech Republic, at least to a non-Czech like me, is surprisingly devoid of the typical pre-election buzz that I know from the US. Admittedly, we don’t get a Czech newspaper like Mladá Fronta DNES or Hospodářské noviny at home, and since I’m not working outside the home, I don’t have the experience of listening to colleagues share their political views in a business environment. So there might be more political water cooler chats happening that I’m isolated from. However, there is no doubt that politicians are campaigning, their messages are hard to miss, but whether ordinary people are listening, isn’t clear to me.

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